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Residence Permit

Overview

Going to Denmark to WORK or STUDY?

All foreign nationals need a residence permit to stay in Denmark for more than 90 days. Citizens of the EU/EEA countries, Switzerland or the Nordic countries can reside in Denmark according to special regulations.

This guideline concerns the following:

The below procedure concerns applications for: Work-related activities, Interns, Trainees, Au-pair and accompanying family members of any of these categories. If you travel to Denmark to join family members who already live in Denmark you must apply under the rules for Family Reunification.

The information on this page concerns how an application is submitted to VFS. For details concerning the application criteria, consult the website of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment or contact the agency directly.

Special rules for stay in Denmark under 90 Days:

If you plan to stay in Denmark for under 90 days, some types of unpaid work-related activities can be performed without a work permit. Read more about the rules for work-related activities for stays under 90 days on the website of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment.

All questions regarding which category to apply in, and whether you need a work permit, must be directed to The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment. Be aware that even if you do not need work permit, you will still need a visa if you are not visa exempt to Denmark. Japanese citizens are visa exempt to Denmark.

Fees

After the case order ID has been created, pay the application fee online on the website of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment.

For a residence permit application there are up to 3 fees to be paid:

  1. The Danish immigration authorities request a fee for most types of applications. Fees to DIS/SIRI are paid online and the receipt for online payment must be submitted at the day of appointment at the visa application centre. Please see the website of DIS/SIRI for details about their fees.

    Please note: regardless whether you apply online or you apply by a paper application, you must still pay the fee to DIS/SIRI online.

  2. The Embassy requires a fee for handling the application. The fee is paid online by credit card and the receipt for payment must be presented on the day of appointment at the visa application centre.

Please note: Japanese nationals are currently exempted from the Embassy fee

The visa application centre requires a service fee. The fee is paid in cash on the day of appointment. Additional service fees may apply, for example for sending documents by postal mail. Please see the website of the visa application centre for details about their fees.

Please consult the website of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment for details about the online fee. VFS nor the Embassy is able to offer any guidance regarding the fee you should pay to the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment. Additionally, VFS nor the Embassy is able to confirm or verify whether you have paid the correct fee online. Remember to print out the receipt for the online payment. The payment receipt must be presented when you appear in person at VFS.

There is a service charge of 20 Euros per application over and above the fees payable by all applicants.

The fees can be paid by Cash only and are non-refundable.

The applicable visa fee in EUROs and its equivalent in JPY are subject to current exchange rate.

All fees are non-refundable.

IMPORTANT; Please take the payment receipt with you at application lodgement at visa application center. 

Document Required

Consult the application form to find the required documentation for your application.
The application form for each type of residence permit contains a description of the documentation which must be submitted at the time of application. Please read the information about documentation in the application form very carefully. Please note that VFS nor the Embassy do not processes your application. Your application is processed by the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment. Therefore, VFS nor the Embassy is able to offer any guidance regarding which documentation you should submit with your application. If you are in doubt, you or those who are inviting you to Denmark should contact the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment.

VFS is not able to confirm whether you are submitting the correct documentation when you apply. If the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment decides during the case processing that you did not submit the correct documentation, you will be contacted by the agency.

Further information about documentation can be directed in the website of the Danish immigration authorities.

Case order ID.

Create a Case order ID on the website of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment. The Case order ID is a unique identification code used to identify the application. All inquiries about the application must refer to the Case order ID.

Please note: when you apply with the online application form and upload all required documents online, you still have to provide a copy of your passport data page at your appointment at VFS.

Photo Specifications

Size of photograph for visa applications

After the instalment of a new system for scanning biometrics, including photographs for visa application, it is now possible to lodge a photograph of size 35 x 45 mm. Length of the head should not exceed 30 to 36 mm in length from chin to top of hair.

The photograph must still be in color with bright background.

Danish Visa Application Centre has been instructed by Danish mission to inform applicants that the visa application is not acceptable if the photograph does not comply with the above format.

Applicants may therefore obtain a new photograph that meets all requirements before The Danish Visa Application Centre can receive the application.

For further information see the print on the information board at The Danish Visa Application Centre or visit website https://politi.dk/pas/krav-til-pas-og-koerekortfoto

Processing Times

The case processing time at the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment depends on the type of application. Information about case processing time can be found on the website of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment. VFS nor the Embassy is able to guide about case processing time.

Online Application Form

Register your visa application online and book an appointment with VFS

"NEW MANDATORY ONLINE VISA APPLICATION: From the 01 July 2019, you must fill in your visa application and pay the application fee online. After you have applied and paid the visa fee online, you must print the cover letter and payment receipt from ApplyVisa ‘’ .

Click here to fill in your visa application form

After completing the visa application form and paying visa fee online, you must book an appointment to submit your documents at VFS by clicking here. Make sure to bring along all the required documents and hand in supporting documents at the Visa Application Centre.

Make sure you are on time for your appointment; for those showing up late there is no guarantee that the application can be submitted and applicants may need to reschedule their appointment. Kindly, notify the Denmark visa application centre if you are unable to make your appointment.